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May 20, 2020 - No Comments!

Abre los ojos

As we’re slowly exiting these suspended weeks out of time, our first steps in this new world are a bit messy. Maybe more for some than others. When Petit Shirt offered me to take part of their artist collaboration coming out at the end of lockdown in France, I immediately said yes. Yes, because just like many independent artists, I needed to dive back into my projects, move forward and put a few things back on track.


But more importantly, I wanted to say something. I have been redirecting my artistic endeavour for the past year to focus on projects that make sense. Things are slowly getting into shape but I still have a lot of tidying up to do in this new chapter of my life. Giving meaning to my work is a way of finding it.
So as I came back from a long trip with friends for an identity-themed art project, the lockdown brought about a very radical change in rhythm. And I tried to use this time to learn and document myself - on the days I managed to focus. And this will to continue to open my eyes is what I wished to transmit with this t-shirt. Stepping out of the common framework as we step out of our apartments now, taking the time to really see what’s around us, documenting ourselves, moving forward.





In addition, Petit Shirt is sharing benefits 50-50 with the artists for this operation out of solidarity in the face of the difficulties independent businesses are currently facing. So if you’re in the mood to abrir los ojos and support small businesses, this is where it happens.


PS: “Abre los ojos” makes a reference to the movie - the original Vanilla Sky, a gem I never forget when I look outside the window.


Take care.


Photos by @stephguins

May 12, 2020 - No Comments!


Chance in cards echoes life’s fortunes. In this series of illustrations, I revisit kings, queens and jacks (‘valets’ in french) with a modern touch.

We distribute and pick new people in our everyday lives one after the other, leaving the unknown in a pile. We discover them and build our hand. Is it just a new person in our surroundings? If we’re lucky, we may have just picked the decisive card. If not, we can always discard it. It’s up to us to decipher their part of mystery or darkness. It’s up to us to decide when and how we want to play the game.

Some show their hand, some are bluffing. What are our expectations? What will be our best strategy? What hand will make a difference?

We lose, we win, and ‘rebelote’.

Pick your cards now:

June 14, 2019 - No Comments!


From where you’re standing this looks like a fingerprint (hopefully). One of the infinite fingerprints that exist in the world. One that helps you unlock your phone. One that you have to scan at the airport sometimes. One that represents your identity. It’s everywhere yet we don’t spend so much time pondering its existence and its meaning. However I have been thinking a lot about it ever since volunteering at Nea Kavala refugee camp in Northern Greece, where I had the privilege to meet incredible humans from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia and more. People like you and I fleeing war, violence and trauma pursuing a brighter and safer future in Europe.

To governments and the world, these men and women seeking asylum are countless fingerprints without papers. They become news, statistics, global issues that are so far from some of our lives that we don’t stop to look closer. But behind each and every single fingerprint, is a human. A person who has sacrificed, a person with a family, a person with unique abilities, a person with hopes, a person with resilience, a person with insane dance moves, a person who learned english in 3 months, a person who gives even when everything has been taken away from them, a person who observes, a person who loves a good laugh, a person with countless abilities, a person who dreams, a person who survives. A person. Just. Like. you.

I made this drawing when I came back from Greece after an intense month with the We Are Here organisation, simply because I didn’t want to forget. And because I wanted to try and maybe get you to also take a step forward and look closer. A human life deserves to be thought about and we can get lost in all the noise surrounding the issue. But looking deeper, understanding that it could be you behind that fingerprint and helping out even in the tiniest way can actually make a difference if we spread the word.

The refugee crisis is so deep and complicated that we can easily feel helpless and overwhelmed from our standpoint. There are so many problems at stake — from politics to global justice. I personally felt very ignorant and powerless, being just one small worried person with little influence or power over anything. But after this experience, I do believe that using your voice to raise awareness and giving some energy, resource or time, however little it may be, is a step forward.

Now I would like to tell you more about We Are Here. Created in 2016, it is a community and learning centre in the Nea Kavala refugee camp close to the Macedonian border. It provides grassroots solidarity to residents through education, recreation and creativity. With a team of up to 12 people led by Eliza, the organisation offers 4 levels of English classes, a women only space with activities, a social space with games and computers, a child friendly space (with the catchiest songs — hello Baby Shark!), movie nights, a youth club, dance nights and more. Needless to say, this project is pure magic.

The world is complicated, relationships are complicated, global issues are complicated. You cannot solve everything. You cannot bond with everyone. You cannot know and understand everything. And it may sound naive, but it is really hard to process the depth of evil and underlying goals that exist in the world. But sometimes, we spend so much time feeling ignorant, powerless or overwhelmed. I have come to realise that I would rather give a little something, even if it’s a drop in the ocean, because it might create a tiny ripple effect in the right direction. That is worth something. That may brighten someone’s day. And ultimately, it will show you the amount of kindness, intelligence and goodness that is yet to be found in the world and We Are Here is a proof of that.